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How can I keep my lungs healthy?

14 de abril de 2010

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How can I keep my lungs healthy?

Your lungs perform an amazing job every day. Function as a large hydroelectric power supplier (read oxygen), for a country (for the whole body).
Healthy lungs provide large amounts of oxygen to the blood and this is what allows you to work, walk, run, play and live well. They also remove carbon dioxide and other gases that your body needs. There are many things you can do to keep your lungs healthy and free of disease:

1. If you smoke, seek help to stop. Today there are several forms of treatments available that will certainly help in this goal. See your doctor and he will be able to guide you.
But if you are a non-smoker, do not start! Smoking is theà       leading cause of serious lung diseases such as lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The smoke from cigarettes, cigars and pipes contains over 4,000 harmful chemicals – and about 60 are known to known to cause cancer. The PULMAOSA points out that even if you have smoked for many years, it is never too late to stop and break free. Stop smoking, as well as possible, provides an immense sense of freedom as well as providing you reap the benefits for your health, to be smoke-free. Quitting smoking is not easy because smoking is an addiction. But it is a disease whose main difference is that there are resources available to deal with. A well directed, right drug, right, you can stop smoking in the 1st attempt.
But remember: Seek medical attention! Because without orientation greatly increases the chance of relapse.
2. Avoid smoke:
Secondhand smoke is a complex mixture of chemicals produced by burning tobacco. As active smoking, passive smoking can also cause disease and death. Two thirds of the smoke of a cigarette is not inhaled by the smoker, but spreads through the air around the smoker.
Here are some suggestions you can do to avoid secondhand smoke:

* Do not allow smoking in your home, car or at work.
* Support the restaurants, businesses, and places that are smoke-free.
* Make sure your children are not exposed to passive smoke in schools, nurseries or even with friends or relatives homes.

3.Secondhand smoking is deadly to you and also to your Pets:

If you are a smoker and love your dog, there is one VERY important thing you can do to save your animal’s life and yours too: quit smoking. A growing body of research – including the Surgeon General’s Report – shows there are no safe levels of exposure to secondhand smoke – for humans and for animals.

An estimated 50,000 Americans lose their lives to secondhand smoke (“SHS”) annually and 4 million youth (16 percent) are exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes. A number of studies have indicated that animals, too, face health risks when exposed to the toxins in secondhand smoke, from respiratory problems to allergies and even cancer.

Toxins in secondhand smoke can cause lung and nasal cancer in dogs and malignant lymphoma in cats, along with allergy and respiratory problems in other pets. One recent study shows that nearly 30 percent of pet owners live with at least one smoker – a number far too high given the consequences of exposure to SHS.

So, if you love your annimals and would like to protect them and yourself, look for Medical help and quit smoking!

4. Wash hands properly with soap and water regularly:
It is estimated that the hands are capable of commanding various germs (viruses such as  influenza H1N1, seasonal influenza, adenovirus, bacterias …) can be held responsible for a large percentage of common infectious respiratory diseases such as colds and flu. You can reduce the risk of getting sick, just practicing the act of washing hands. Therefore:

* Always wash your hands before meals, after going to the bathroom, before greeting people, especially children;
* Look to disclose this information at school and at work;
* Use alcohol hand sanitizer when you do not have access to soap and water.

5. Be aware of air pollution and do your part to keep the air clean:
Air pollution can cause health problems, especially for people who have lung diseases. Air pollution can irritate, inflame or destroy lung tissue. Even low levels of air pollution can cause health problems.
There are many things you can do to keep the air clean and healthy:

* Do not let your car engine on while standing and avoid the burning of fuel in enclosed areas, such as garages, or even open.
* Do not use unnecessary pesticides and other chemicals on your lawn and garden.
* Use, where possible, public transportation.
* Seek support laws and initiatives to improve air quality.
* Control moisture in your home: For example, use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens to reduce the excess moisture from these sites, or just the windows abertas.Por other hand, in places whose relative to low, look no a wet towel inside the rooms to sleep. Ideally, try to maintain the relative humidity indoors between 40% and 50%.

* Control dust (especially if you are allergic to animal dander and dust mites) mites grow in mattresses, sofas and chairs with cushions. When possible, try to wash bedding in hot water (at least 54.5 ° C or 130 ° F) to kill dust mites. Keep carpets clean and dry.
* Make sure you are getting lots of fresh air and clean in your home. Open windows when cleaning or when performing painting.

6. Protect yourself from the danger to lung health at work:
People working in certain jobs such as construction and mining have a higher risk of lung diseases, including lung cancer, asthma and COPD. If you work in a place with much dust, asbestos, chemicals, please use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

SOURCES:
PULMÃO S. A. Lungs: Your atmosphere, Your Life! ®

Adapted from PHA-Canada

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